Approved May 18, 2005††††††††††††††††† Holliston Public Schools

Holliston, MA 01746

 

School Committee Meeting

May 5, 2005

 

Present:†††††††††† Mrs. Foote, Mrs. McColl, Mr. Post, Mrs. Deering, Mr. Jones, Mr. Cornely,

††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Jackson

 

Absent:††††††††††† Mrs. Emmons, Mr. Ganzenmuller

 

Call to Order

Mrs. Deering called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm.

 

Minutes

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee approved the minutes of the April 28, 2005 Open Session, as presented.

Vote:††† Favor: 4††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 1 (Mrs. McColl) †††††††††† Absent: 2 (Mr. Ganzenmuller,

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Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

††††††††††† There was no School Committee individual comment.

 

Central Office Administratorís Comment

Mr. Jackson announced that this week is Teacher Appreciation Week.He thanked the teachers on behalf of the Committee.He also announced that the High School Drama Club is performing Lisa and David tonight through Saturday night at 7:00 pm.He encouraged everyone to see the production.

 

Mr. Cornely announced that Placentino Family Reading Night was held on Wednesday, May 4th.The night consisted of guest readers, family reading time and a visit from Peppy the Penguin.

Opportunity for Public to address School Committee

††††††††††† There was no public comment.

 

Policy

First Reading: Policy EBC - Emergency Plans

Mrs. McColl read the first reading of Policy EBC - Emergency Plans.It was announced that emergency plans exist and that we are in complete compliance with state requirements.Mr. Jackson meets with the Fire Chief and the Police Chief many times throughout the year to discuss safety issues.This policy confirms that emergency plans are developed and maintained.†† Discussion was held, and slight modifications recommended.The policy will be brought back for a second reading, with recommended changes.

 

Personnel

Superintendent Evaluation

Mrs. McColl reported on the Superintendent Evaluation completed by members of the School Committee.She summarized the process of the evaluation, which included choosing an evaluation tool.She reviewed the domains of the evaluation, the grading scale and the four goals for this year.Mr. Jackson received a total score of 216 points, which was in the exemplary quadrant.This is the highest quadrant.Mrs. McColl read the positive comments written by School Committee members regarding Mr. Jacksonís performance in his 10 months as Superintendent of the Holliston Public Schools.

 

Old Business

Town Meeting Final Preparation

Mr. Jackson announced that the state has just notified us that the town of Holliston will begin to receive $763,479 School Building reimbursement in FY06, and the reimbursement will continue for 17 years.This additional revenue led the Finance Committee to readjust the tax impact of the budget.The average tax bill increase on the average home value of $364,311 will be $80.15 per year if the override budget passes. This is reduced from the $232.578 previously stated.

 

Discussion was held regarding the presentation at Town Meeting on Monday, May 9th.It was agreed that the Budget Subcommittee should prepare the presentation.

 

New Business

Superintendentís Report

††††††††††† There was no additional report from the Superintendent.

Assistant Superintendentís Report

††††††††††† There was no additional report from the Assistant Superintendent.

Business Managerís Report

Mr. Buday presented a recommendation for School Choice.He reviewed the history of School Choice since it was brought into Holliston as a revenue enhancement in 1993.The enrollment of School Choice students reached its maximum in 1995, with 297 students and tuition of $1,105,375.It has decreased to 106 in 2005, with tuition of $626,300.Mr. Buday shared the current class sizes with and without School Choice students.He concluded that if we did not have School Choice students, we could reduce our staff by 5.5 teachers, and maintain similar class sizes.However, we would lose $620,000 in revenue, which is equivalent to 15.5 teachers.Therefore, School Choice revenue pays for 10 more teachers than the enrollment requires.Based on this information, Mr. Buday recommends amending the one open seat per grade for Grades 1 - 8 and the 4 seats in French Immersion Kindergarten previously approved to include an additional 1 seat in full day traditional Kindergarten, 2 seats in Grade 1 French Immersion and 1 seat in Grade 4 subject to successful passing of the budget. The first grade French Immersion students acceptance would be contingent on passing a test.Discussion was held.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. McColl, seconded by Mr. Post, the Committee voted to open the

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following additional School Choice seats as recommended, contingent on the passing of the proposed budget: 1 full day traditional Kindergarten, 2 Grade 1 French Immersion and 1 Grade 4.

††††††††††† Vote:††† Favor: 5††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 2 (Mr. Ganzenmuller,

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Warrants

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mrs. McColl, the Committee approved a school bill warrant in the amount of $229,977.48.

Vote:††† Favor: 5††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 2 (Mr. Ganzenmuller,Mrs. Emmons)

 

Future Meeting Dates

The next School Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 pm.

 

Town meeting will be held on Monday, May 9th at 7:30 pm.A School Committee meeting will be posted for that night, in case there is a need for discussion.

 

Adjournment of Open Session

Mr Jackson reported that there is a need for Executive Session for the purpose of discussing contract negotiations with non-union personnel.The Committee will not return to Open Session.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mrs. McColl, the Committee voted to move into Executive Session at 8:01 pm for the purpose of discussing contract negotiations with non-union personnel, from which they will not be returning to Open Session.

Roll Call Vote:†† Mrs. Foote, yes; Mrs. McColl, yes; Mr. Jones, yes; Mr. Post, yes; Mrs. Deering, yes.

Vote:††† Favor: 5††††††††††† Oppose: 0†††††††† Abstain: 0†††††††† Absent: 2 (Mr. Ganzenmuller,Mrs. Emmons)